Joe Monaco
KU Office of Public Affairs

U.S. News & World Report ranks 37 KU graduate programs in top 50 among public schools

Tue, 04/25/2023

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has 37 graduate programs in the top 50 among public universities – including nine programs in the top 10 – in the 2024 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released today.

Highlights include the following:

  • KU’s local government management program retains its No. 1 ranking among all universities — a position it has held since 1998.
  • KU’s special education and paleontology programs both rank No. 1 among public schools.

Notably, while previous years' U.S. News & World Report rankings have included law school and medical school rankings, this year’s rankings do not. This change accounts for the difference between KU having 37 ranked programs in today’s announcement as compared to 51 programs last year. U.S. News & World Report is expected to share law and medical school rankings later this year.

Below is a full list of KU graduate programs ranked in the top 50 among public universities in today's announcement:

1. Local Government Management

1. Paleontology

1. Special Education

5. Public Management and Leadership

6. Physical Therapy

6. Speech-Language Pathology

9. Occupational Therapy

10. Audiology

10. Education

11. Nursing-Midwifery

13. Petroleum Engineering

13. Public Affairs

14. Nursing-Anesthesia

15. Clinical Child Psychology

20. Curriculum & Instruction

20. Public Finance & Budgeting

22. Social Work

23. Pharmacy

26. Healthcare Management

30. Clinical Psychology

32. Aerospace Engineering

32. History

33. Psychology

35. Fine Arts

39. Chemistry

40. Earth Sciences

40. English

40. Environmental Engineering

40. Mathematics

40. Sociology

41. Civil Engineering

41. Full-Time MBA

41. Political Science

47. Economics

47. Physics

49. Biology

50. Public Health.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
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